Release date: 
7 June 2006 :00am
June 7, 2006 (Ottawa) – The Ottawa International Airport Authority today announced that in keeping with the Province Of Ontario’s Smoke-Free Ontario Act, it would become a smoke free facility effective June 30, 2006.

The Airport Authority decided that, despite the airport’s status as a federal facility which does not fall under the jurisdiction of the provincial act, it would close its smoking rooms at the end of the month. Smokers are currently accommodated in two separately-ventilated designated smoking rooms; one in each of the domestic and transborder holdroom areas.

OMCIAA operates Ottawa International Airport without government subsidies under a 60-year lease transfer agreement with Transport Canada. The OMCIAA’s mandate is to manage, operate and develop airport facilities and lands in support of the economic growth of the National Capital Region. Its new state-of-the-art passenger terminal building opened for business in 2003, and is currently being expanded to accommodate growth in passenger volumes.